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I don't believe in luck, but I do use the words to refer to good and bad situations. But I don't believe in luck, things in the universe occur by random and spontaneity.


My mum though, believes in those horoscopes things; Asian horoscopes, Western horoscopes... she reads them all. She even believe in Feng Shui, and won't buy a house unless it's in the right direction or whatever.


I couldn't care less what direction the house is in, as long as it's on a quiet street and has a nice garden, I will buy it, don't care if there are stairs in front of the house (she said having stairs in front of the door is like... bad luck or something).
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only in Uno
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I do not believe in good luck. But I do believe God has a sense of humor and irony. And things balance out.
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No i don't believe in good or bad luck
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I believe that we must make decisions that depend largely on luck, and that there will be signs telling us to either try our luck or be extremely conservative. It's up to us to read the signs for ourselves, though.

The trick to that, of course, is that our higher reasoning already made a decision that our conscious mind is too dumb to understand, and the conscious mind likes to feel extreme anxiety over every little thing it doesn't understand, so our senses point out random stuff to put the consciousness at ease. Look, a cat...
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I believe in luck. just look at the lottery: bad luck if you don't win; good luck if you do win.
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I believe in chaos and I don't believe it can be influenced.
So when I say somebody's lucky, I'm saying they don't deserve what happened.
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Luck exists, there's no two ways about it, odds can be calculated though, and superstition should not exist. Intelligent people in this day and age shouldn't believe that smashing a mirror gives them bad luck, because that is on par with believing that witches exist.

I'm very surprised at the amount of people that don't believe in luck, it makes no logical sense. Just read the definitions in a dictionary. It would be like trying to dispute that oxygen exists.
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DirEnGay wrote:

I'm very surprised at the amount of people that don't believe in luck, it makes no logical sense. Just read the definitions in a dictionary. It would be like trying to dispute that oxygen exists.


My thoughts exactly - it's just an expression of the calculable odds of probability events.

Though I can understand - and probably agree with - the argument that luck doesn't exist in the sense of a quantitative, possessive quality, i.e. that people can't be inherently lucky or unlucky.
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sjgriffiths wrote:


DirEnGay wrote:

I'm very surprised at the amount of people that don't believe in luck, it makes no logical sense. Just read the definitions in a dictionary. It would be like trying to dispute that oxygen exists.


My thoughts exactly - it's just an expression of the calculable odds of probability events.

Though I can understand - and probably agree with - the argument that luck doesn't exist in the sense of a quantitative, possessive quality, i.e. that people can't be inherently lucky or unlucky.


I think the word you're referring to is "chance".

Luck refers to the superstitious belief that something can affect a person in a positive or negative way...
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Jagras wrote:

Damn, most Europeans here are pretty dumb. I'm not trying to be racist, but you are guys are heavily brainwashed by the Reptilian Agenda.


Are you referring to me?

I basically agreed with your own prior comment about luck not existing in a prescriptive sense...


GayAsianBoy wrote:

I think the word you're referring to is "chance".

Luck refers to the superstitious belief that something can affect a person in a positive or negative way...


The term 'luck' can be taken in two meanings: prescriptive luck and descriptive luck. Prescriptive luck is all about supernaturalism and superstition, whereas descriptive luck simply refers to the expression of the result of chance.

The question 'does luck exist' is inherently vague, to be honest. You can deny/support prescriptive luck, but trying to argue about descriptive luck is illogical and meaningless.
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sjgriffiths wrote:

I find it quite odd that the concept of 'luck' could be definitively denied, though I get what the argument's trying to say about your decisions affecting the outcome. Obviously that's true to an extent, but surely there's always an element of randomness.

Like, you can't do much about encountering a shiny Pokémon. You can boost your chances, e.g. using a PokéRadar, Masuda method etc. though ultimately it's just mathematical probability at work. Encountering 10 wild Pokémon in a row is pretty undeniably 'good luck'.

Not exactly the deepest of examples, I know


Well, chance and luck aren't exactly the same thing. "Luck" implies some kind of supernatural effect on whether you get a positive outcome, whereas chance is just how likely something is to happen.

A lot of people have a really terrible idea of what chance is. So many people actually think that if you flip an unbiased coin 5 times, and the first four are heads, that the last is more likely to be tails. When I played runescape, people would always be saying "we're due a drop" and "we should get a drop any time now" when bossing and not getting any good drops for a while. A surprising number of people don't understand the concept of independent events.
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Well, chance and luck aren't exactly the same thing. "Luck" implies some kind of supernatural effect on whether you get a positive outcome, whereas chance is just how likely something is to happen.

A lot of people have a really terrible idea of what chance is. So many people actually think that if you flip an unbiased coin 5 times, and the first four are heads, that the last is more likely to be tails. When I played runescape, people would always be saying "we're due a drop" and "we should get a drop any time now" when bossing and not getting any good drops for a while. A surprising number of people don't understand the concept of independent events.


Ah, yes. The Gambler's Fallacy. Statistically, the chance of a coin flip is always 50/50, every time it gets flipped. It doesn't matter if you flip once, five, times, or a thousand times. Each individual flip's chances are 50/50. (Interestingly though, with enough coin flips, it is more likely to see several short strings of the same result in a row, as the video I'm linking in a moment points out.)

Dr. Richard Garfield (of Magic: The Gathering fame) has spoken about luck (and chance) versus skill, in terms of gaming. It's an interesting talk, for anyone remotely interested in game design. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSg408i-eKw
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I'm not sure
Think I read something about the Many Worlds Theory...
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I sorta use a "Karma" scale. Like yesterday I seen $15 (a $5 and $10) on the road while out on a walk in the early morning and I totally left it alone. First I don't need it, and if I did pick it up I'd expect something bad to happen to balance the scales. I can totally understand Mutta in "Space Brother" and how he views a luck container. I try and save luck for when I really need it.
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